You know me, I like to share. What's my dirty secret du jour? My obsession with Walter Kovaks as portrayed by Jackie Earle Haley in the movie version of the Watchmen. Okay, so, you know, I have a thing for scrawny, wiry, intense guys, and I've adored Jackie Earle Haley since Moocher wrapped a rag around his fist and punched a puchclock in Breaking Away. Give him red hair and make him a dangerously violent moral absolutist and the next thing you know, I'm writing hurt-comfort m/m about him.
That's right, Ash is inspired by Haley's portrayal of Rorshcach/Kovaks. He's my reformulation of all the bits about that character that I adored, with the rest of it conveniently forgotten. That's how the process works. And I'm not alone, I tell you!
Which makes this web-paper from the Bryn Mawr Gender and Technology course all the more fascinating: Rorschach Doesn't Do Dirty Communist Liberal Gender.